30-For-30 Update

I’ve been busy the past few months with moving and the holidays, but with the new year upon us I wanted to give some updates on the 30-for-30 list I had originally put out.

First, the list was only at 28 items, and I have added another one: sign up for a yoga class. That pushes us to 29 items, although I still have one more thing to think of to add to the list. Additionally, after reading through the list, I’m making two changes/clarifications. The first is to adjust #9: Eat a lobster, to #9: Eat the generally accepted as edible parts of a lobster. I’m not eating the shell. The other adjustment is to #19: Take the GMAT. I’m not sure this is something that makes sense for me to limit, since I haven’t really decided where I want to go with this, so I’m going to give myself a bit more leniency and say #19: Take the GMAT/GRE/LSAT. We’ll see where that leads.

Additionally, while I haven’t finalized any of the items on the list just yet, I do have #28 lined up to be completed this weekend (Attend the Detroit Auto Show), and will be traveling to Paris and India in early February, which should knock out #2 (Leave the US)…although I could knock that out this weekend as well by just hopping across the border to check out the lines at the Caesars Palace in Windsor.

While some of the list items are pretty straightforward (taking classes, learning a specific skill, etc), some are taking a bit more planning…namely…my biggest concern on any of them is #5: Running a 10k. I’ve used this as motivation to be in the gym much more since my original list was posted…and made it through the holidays unscathed. I intentionally didn’t put any weight goals or anything like that on here, but my thought process is that I will be 27 in 2015, which still gives me three years to get myself up to that distance…which will be an accomplishment for me, but isn’t really that long of a distance when compared to something like a marathon, or even a half marathon. My goal right now is just to cut weight so that, in preparing for the 10k, I don’t shred my knees and destroy my progress. I’ll probably need to include some weight lifting in eventually, but for now it is cardio canyon every time I go in. I’ve been doing this consistently since September, so it isn’t really a New Year’s thing, but I wanted to throw an update on it anyways.

I haven’t decided how I will document the whole process; I’m thinking I might put in some podcasts on the whole experience (hence taking care of #15 in the process)…we’ll see how that goes because I’m honestly not that sure of how even to do that.

Otherwise, I think all has been well-I look forward to updating you on the progress from this weekend!

-C

Corey can be found making short and long term lists all day at work or at home, and sometimes talks about those @coreylarue on Twitter.

Introducing My 30-for-30 Challenge

It has been on my mind recently that I will be turning 30 in about three and a half years. In one of the books I have read, “Fat, Forty, and Fired” by Nigel Marsh, the author talks about how we generally greatly overestimate what we can accomplish in one year, but underestimate what we can accomplish in 10. I am someone who has tended towards goal setting as a motivator for my behavior. While it has not always been a successful endeavor (forcing myself to work out being a prime example), it has been able to motivate me to do a lot of things that I might not have otherwise attempted. In that vein, I’ve decided to steal the title of the excellent ESPN documentary series “30 for 30”, and set myself a list of items to work towards here over the next three and a half years. My list, and my journey towards that list, will be tracked above on the “30 for 30” page of this website, and updates regarding the challenge can be searched for on the “30 for 30” category on this page.

I am trying to keep this list from being something that I can exclusively solve by throwing money at it. There are a number of things that cost nothing or next to nothing, but are simply skills or things I would like to do (learning to juggle/watching movies/writing a short story), there are some things that will be cheap trips or things I can do with little investment because they are weekend trips from my house (visiting Gettysburg, going to the Detroit Auto Show), and then there are some items that will require throwing money (Northern Lights, NBA Game). I have also tried to use this list to capture some other things that I think I should be able to do or would like to do, but will take a lot more work…things like running a 10k (which will take probably two years of training for me), or completing the 100 pushup challenge.

Right now I only have 28 of the 30 things on the list filled out, mostly because I kind of ran out of ideas that fit the category, partially because I was tired of googling “Things to do before 30”, and partially because I wanted to solicit some ideas from others as to how I could round this list out. So feel free to leave a comment or whatever on here, or if you already know me shoot me a Tweet or a Facebook message. Hopefully this will be fun!

-C

Corey is often contemplating the usefulness of lists on Twitter @coreylarue